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Camelot Cellars Relocating to Olde Towne East

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Urban boutique winery Camelot Cellars is packing up their business to relocate from the Short North to Olde Towne East. Citing an expanding production and wholesale business, Camelot owner Janine Aquino said that the move is primarily to have more room to grow.

“Our production and distribution has expanded a lot — to 30 to 40 stores, and we’ve run out of production room,” she stated. “Plus, the layout of the building is not really conducive to wine making, and we’re limited to what we can and can’t do per our lease.”

Aqunio said that one lease restriction keeps her from being allowed to sell beer, and adding craft beer to her menu is something she sees as having growing importance to her customer base. The new store, located at the southeast corner of Oak Street and 18th Street near The Angry Baker and Yellow Brick Pizza, will feature Camelot’s wines, several craft beers, and a full restaurant menu that is still in development.

“The concept is going to be geared towards the community — fresh, light, local and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options,” she explained. “I really like Olde Towne East — its got an independent, creative feel.”

Camelot originally opened in its 2,500 square foot Short North space in 2005, and Aquino took it over in 2011. She said that while she’ll miss the neighborhood, she’s excited for a new opportunity to grow.

“We’re not leaving the Short North for the reasons people may think — we’re leaving because of good reasons,” she said. “I’m happy we were there, but also excited about where we’re going.”

The new Camelot Cellars is expected to open in late spring 2016. The Short North location will remain open for as long as possible until the new location is nearly completed. Aquino says that he plan is to only have a two or three week gap between closing the current location and opening the new one.

“Moving the production over is going to be the biggest challenge,” she concluded.

For more information, visit www.camelotcellars.com.

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  • CbusBooster

    A couple weeks back Walker posted an opinion piece about the hubbub over Rigsby’s closing which was met with all the typical nonsensical predictions of the Short North’s demise and cries that it is devolving into a yuppie Easton.

    A few people however commented that the transition was hardly the end of the world, and instead a good thing for Columbus . They cited as one of the many benefits that some of the artistic and creative businesses that are pushed out due to rising rents and changing demographics will move to other neighborhoods and create positive impact there!

    And low and behold, that’s just what is happening to OTE with Camelot Cellars. While the owners stated that it was mOre about space and ability to zone for beer sales than cost prohibitive rent it nevertheless, proves that there is life and opportunity for other areas to be revitalized and enjoyed due to the build out of the neighborhood and critical mass being created by other creative businesses that have recently set up shop in places like OTE.

    Olde Town East has been hobbling along as the promised “next great urban neighborhood” for going on three decades only to be eclipsed by other hoods and now it is finally happening! The revitalization is occurring for a number of reasons including the growth of Children’s Hospital, the rehab of the Columbus Museum of Art, the pioneering efforts of trailblazers like Angry Baker and others, and the rehabbed properties that are attracting workers from across the city including Nationwide Children’s. But an equally important factor is because the SN is transitioning from a funky, low rent arts district to the premiere entertainment district in the city, thereby allowing places like OTE to get some much needed and much deserved love and attention. See? A good thing!

    But never fear, a decade from now, some hipsters will be posting here bemoaning the travesty that is the yuppification of OTE and recalling incorrectly how wonderful it was back in the ’00’s, and in the process forgetting the drugs, crime and delapitation that has plagued this community of beautiful, historic homes for decades!

  • lazyfish

    good grief, try and keep it together.

    • CbusBooster

      What does that mean?

      • CbusBiz

        It means your opinions are welcome, as long as they support Walker’s viewpoint and those of the other 10-15 turbo posters here on CU.

        • CbusBooster

          Whatever. A.) I don’t know Walker, B.) the site doesn’t discriminate or edit posts that don’t agree with him as far as I can tell, C.) I have posted all of about a dozen posts on this site over the past five years of reading this blog so that hardly makes me a “turbo-poster” whatever that means and D.) there are far more than 10-15 regulars on the comment section of this site including the person I responded to – many of whom, including him, disagree with Walker on here regularly.

  • lazyfish

    I was suggesting that you are overplaying the concern troll. It suggests to me that your participation in urban neighborhoods is A.) newfound, B.) based upon economic self interest, C.) more fiscal than actual, D.) liable to be temporary as new adventures and playgrounds manifest in the bright shiny neighborhood development category.

    • clancy12

      Now with microunits!: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/12/15/city-workforce-housing.html

      Walk to the microbrew from your new affordable* apartment

      *not for those with microwages

    • CbusBooster

      Kettle black much? I mean who’s calling who a troll? You’re on here all the time responding snakily to anyone and everyone, while I have posted less than a dozen posts in a year. Regardless, and beyond being rude, you’re wrong again on every count! A.) I first moved to the SN in 1991 and have lived between there and Grandview for over a quarter century, so not newfound. Secondly, I own no property or business in either neighborhood so I no self interest, your third comment “more fiscal than actual” a makes no sense so I can’t respond to it. And finally, after living in Columbus for 45 years there is nothing, in the least bit temporary about my intersts in seeing me all of Columbus’s urban neighborhoods thruve. Instead I just feel compelled to rail against inane and small minded views regarding neighborhoods and redevelopment that pine unrealistically for preserving the mediocre. You seem to be the one with some vested interest and ax to grind about development and it’s supposed role in omitting people from participating, not me!

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